Tag: kitchen tools

Pantry organization

Pantry organization
January 23, 2011
In the kitchen

Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity. ~Voltaire It was exactly a year ago that we moved in our belongings from storage… I feel I am only now beginning to settle in truly but I bet I have said this several times over the past few months and every time, I must have only peeled at one layer or subsequently changed the use of a space. I love my kitchen, especially the storage space but the cabinets are not very practical right now and need a new organization plan to really be able to use them well.  I like organized closets and cabinets even if the outside is often messy with daily life… little messes are quickly remedied and are only a sign of the activity in the house.  If the closets are messy then …Read more

Recipe organizer software – Part 4: Shop ‘n Cook

Recipe organizer software – Part 4: Shop ‘n Cook
December 23, 2010
Home management

I finally found my copy of Shop ‘n Cook and installed it, with delight it still worked!  I had forgotten the ease of use, the language recognition which is so important for me as I have recipes both in English and French.  I did upgrade it and found myself inputting all the holiday recipes I plan to use or have been drooling over on the net. What I love: The import is even easier than in Living Cookbook: copy to clipboard and in one click it is imported and all that is left is to copy a picture.  The software reads the recipe automatically recognizing ingredients from preparation, etc. with little if any adjustments in either language. The menu function is drag and drop or one click to add a recipe (I have not tried the included templates yet), rename to any title you want, print the menu alone or …Read more

Recipe organizer software – Part 3: Living Cookbook 2011

Recipe organizer software – Part 3: Living Cookbook 2011
December 17, 2010
At school

Music creates order out of chaos: for rhythm imposes unanimity upon the divergent, melody imposes continuity upon the disjointed, and harmony imposes compatibility upon the incongruous. Yehudi Menuhin (1916 -) This is an update worth buying.  I installed a couple of weeks ago and so far, I love the updates.  The interface is different, more user friendly though I tend to prefer less frills, more basic.  Help/user guide are readily accessible, the tutorials easy to follow (the software is intuitive for the most part).  The recipe edit screen is larger with more options and yes, as I had hoped allows attachments of pdf files!  Not only can you attach multiple files but multiple pictures as well.  I have not explored the techniques tab, it appears you can reference to basic techniques included and perhaps add techniques, photo guides, etc. I do not update software automatically, I do not regret purchasing …Read more

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!
November 4, 2010
Crafting

What a wonderful time of year! I love fall almost as much as I love spring. The colors were amazing this year and I have enjoyed them even more with the frequent trips to pick up DS at college. So we set out to decorate our house for the first post-construction Holiday and did not manage to do it all but had a beautiful home to welcome the 4 Trick-or-treaters! We did not empty and carve the pumpkins but carved into them. We had 5 leafy pumpkins and one smiling Cat Warrior jack-o-lantern. Most of the gourdes disappeared long before Sunday as the chipmunks and squirrels nibbled on them. I got the idea for the pumpkins in a Gooseberry Patch magazine and also on Martha Stewart’s site. DD and I found too many ideas on the web for one year or to keep as bookmarks and are now using Living …Read more